and by doing so the film continues the cinematic tradition established by Méliès, Wiene, Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Antonioni, Fellini, and other earlier filmmakers. Skepticism films shift the focus to ontological questions Skepticism films ...
Author: Philipp Schmerheim
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Skepticism Films: Knowing and Doubting the World in Contemporary Cinema introduces skepticism films as updated configurations of skepticist thought experiments which exemplify the pervasiveness of philosophical ideas in popular culture. Philipp Schmerheim defends a pluralistic film-philosophical position according to which films can be, but need not be, expressions of philosophical thought in their own right. It critically investigates the influence of ideas of skepticism on film-philosophical theories and develops a typology of skepticism films by analyzing The Truman Show, Inception, The Matrix, Vanilla Sky, The Thirteenth Floor, Moon and other contemporary skepticism films. With its focus on skepticism as one of the most significant philosophical problems, Skepticism Films provides a better understanding of the dynamic interplay between film, theories of film and philosophy.